89 Thankful Quotes and Messages to Express Your Gratitude

Thankful Quotes

When you really reflect and take a minute to look at your life, you realize there is a lot to be thankful, no matter the situation. It’s incredibly important to find gratitude for a more positive, happier life, and these thankful quotes help you realize and express that gratitude in a way you may have not found before.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

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I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.

“I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.” – Reba McEntire

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There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” – Anonymous

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When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.” – Tecumseh

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Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

“Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.

“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.” – Hannah Whitall Smith

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

We don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.

“We don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.” – Carlos Castaneda

Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.

“Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.” – A.J. Cronin

Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.

“Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.” – Horace

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.

“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.” – Henry Van Dyke

Be thankful for the moments, the things you have, and the life you live.

“Be thankful for the moments, the things you have, and the life you live.” – Wazim Shaw

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” – Melody Beattie

Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.

“Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.” – Travis Barker

When things are bad, be thankful…they are not as bad as they could be.

“When things are bad, be thankful…they are not as bad as they could be.” – Dixie Waters

I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Anonymous

There are many things which I am thankful for in my life, and you are at the top of the list.

“There are many things which I am thankful for in my life, and you are at the top of the list.” – Unknown

I am thankful for each and every day that I am blessed to receive, to spend in this life with my family.

“I am thankful for each and every day that I am blessed to receive, to spend in this life with my family.” – Karen Madewell

It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Without gratitude and appreciation for what you already have, you’ll never know true fulfillment.

“Without gratitude and appreciation for what you already have, you’ll never know true fulfillment.” – Tony Robbins

Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.

“Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.” – Elizabeth Bibesco

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.

“There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.” – Joyce Meyer

Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.

“Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.” – Ellen Hopkins

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Rausch

Thanksgiving is an attitude that must be rooted in the ‘gift of life’ if we ever hope to be thankful for the ‘gifts’ of life.

“Thanksgiving is an attitude that must be rooted in the ‘gift of life’ if we ever hope to be thankful for the ‘gifts’ of life.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

There is something that happens when you are grateful: You continue to keep receiving blessings. So I will always be grateful.

“There is something that happens when you are grateful: You continue to keep receiving blessings. So I will always be grateful.” – Chrissy Metz

I’m always grateful for this moment, the now, no matter what it takes.

“I’m always grateful for this moment, the now, no matter what it takes.” – Eckhart Tolle

We must never forget the importance of gratitude.

“We must never forget the importance of gratitude.” – Anonymous

You will find joy in everyday life with a heart of thankfulness.

“You will find joy in everyday life with a heart of thankfulness.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

The more grateful you are, the more your life overflows with abundance.

“The more grateful you are, the more your life overflows with abundance.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

Thankfulness, gratitude and being able to serve others are the foundation of character.

“Thankfulness, gratitude and being able to serve others are the foundation of character.” – Jim Loehr

I’m thankful for every moment.

“I’m thankful for every moment.” – Al Green

Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” – Roy T. Bennett

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher

When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.” – Kristin Armstrong

The best way to appreciate life is to be grateful.

“The best way to appreciate life is to be grateful.” – Wisdom Kwashie Mensah

It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.

“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.” – Anonymous

Be thankful for the disasters that warn you clearly before they come!

“Be thankful for the disasters that warn you clearly before they come!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

A great life evolves with gratitude.

“A great life evolves with gratitude.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

A thankful heart is a happy heart.

“A thankful heart is a happy heart.” – Anonymous

Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift.

“Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy.

“Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy.” – Sara Avant Stover

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” – Henry A. Ironside

Life is the most important thing. I thank God for the gift of life.

“Life is the most important thing. I thank God for the gift of life.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

Gratefulness heightens awareness.

“Gratefulness heightens awareness.” – A.D. Posey

I’m just thankful I’m surrounded by good people.

“I’m just thankful I’m surrounded by good people.” – Jon Pardi

I am what I am, I am doing very well in my life, and I’m thankful to God for that.

“I am what I am, I am doing very well in my life, and I’m thankful to God for that.” – LL Cool J

When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.

“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” – Suze Orman

Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless. Your health is wealth. Your time is gold.

“Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless. Your health is wealth. Your time is gold.” – Anonymous

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say.

“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say.” – Alice Walker

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life.

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life.” – Gerald Good

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” – Alan Cohen

Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.

“Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” – Jenna Morasca

Since our yesterdays are gone and tomorrow is never promised, today I want to thank all my amazing friends and family for being in my life.

“Since our yesterdays are gone and tomorrow is never promised, today I want to thank all my amazing friends and family for being in my life.” – Steven Aitchison

Take full account of what excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

“Take full account of what excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.” – Marcus Aurelius

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

Be thankful for the struggles you go through. They make you stronger, wiser, and humble. Don’t let them break you. Let them make you.

“Be thankful for the struggles you go through. They make you stronger, wiser, and humble. Don’t let them break you. Let them make you.” – Unknown

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.

“The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

So grateful for the people who heard me when I was silent and saw me when I was invisible.

“So grateful for the people who heard me when I was silent and saw me when I was invisible.” – Steve Maraboli

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.

“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

My first thought in the morning is thank you for another day.

“My first thought in the morning is thank you for another day.” – Karon Waddell

My advice: Take a second out of the day and be thankful for your family.

“My advice: Take a second out of the day and be thankful for your family.” – Jenna Morasca

Saying thank you is more than good manners, it is good spirituality.

“Saying thank you is more than good manners, it is good spirituality.” – Alfred Agache

Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi

Family is the most important thing in the world.

“Family is the most important thing in the world.” – Princess Diana

The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” – James E. Faust

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

“When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” – Tecumseh

When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.

“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” – Elie Wiesel

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” – Steve Maraboli

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” – Albert Barnes

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” – W. Clement Stone

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

An attitude of gratitude brings great things.

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” – Yogi Bhajan

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” – Germany Kent

Have the wisdom to perceive all there is to be thankful for, and then be thankful for the wisdom to perceive things so clearly.

“Have the wisdom to perceive all there is to be thankful for, and then be thankful for the wisdom to perceive things so clearly.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.” – Lee Lacocca

Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.

“Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.” – Stephen King

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